Ballater’s 
battle of the big trees...

Tallest tree
Tallest tree

Following the switch-on of lights on the UK’s tallest living Christmas tree in Ballater, two new contenders for the title have come forward.

The 125-foot giant redwood, gifted by Queen Victoria, may have to stand tall and defend itself against both a Welsh and an English contender.

Villagers in Llandinam, near Powys, have said their tree tops the charts, standing 15-foot taller than the Ballater beast.

The Welsh Christmas tree measures in at 140-feet and stands in the grounds of Broneirian, the mid-Wales Guides training centre.

West Sussex also boasts an impressive giant redwood, which has tried to pip Ballater to the post.

The 114-feet tree is outside the Elizabethan mansion at Kew’s country garden at Wakehurst Place. The West Sussex tree is so tall it always needs a light on top to warn pilots flying into nearby 
Gatwick Airport.

Royal Deeside residents have loyally defended their Christmas tree’s claim to the title.